Tensions rise over North Korea launch site

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he would be disappointed in North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if reports about rebuilding at a rocket launch site in North Korea were true.
But experts urge calm, emphasising that no ballistic missile has been fired from the Tongchang-ri site.
But experts urge calm, emphasising that no ballistic missile has been fired from the Tongchang-ri site.PHOTO: AFP

Tension spiked when North Korea was reported to have rebuilt a dismantled rocket launch site, just as White House security chief John Bolton warned of tougher sanctions if the regime did not give up its nuclear weapons.

The news came just days after US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un failed to come to an agreement during their Feb 27-28 summit held in Hanoi.

But experts urged calm, emphasising that no ballistic missile has been fired from the Tongchang-ri site, and that there are no signs that North Korea is preparing to launch a provocation.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 07, 2019, with the headline 'Tensions rise over N. Korea launch site'. Print Edition | Subscribe